Philadelphia Vireo

Vireo philadelphicus

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Vireos (Vireonidae)

Code 4

PHVI

Code 6

VIRPHI

ITIS

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ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Philadelphia Vireo has a very large range, reaching up to 2,700,000 square kilometers. This bird can be found in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Pierre, and the Turks and Caicos Islands among others. It prefers forested areas or degraded forests. The global population of this bird is estimated to be around 4,300,000 individuals. Currently, it is not believed that the population trends for this species will soon approach the minimum levels that could suggest a potential decline in population. Due to this, population trends for the Philadelphia Vireo have a present evaluation level of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Philadelphia Vireo: Medium vireo with olive-green upperparts and yellow-washed to yellow underparts. The head has a gray cap, dark eyes, and white-bordered black eye-line. Wings are olive-green with very faint wing-bars. Undertail coverts yellow. First discovered near Philadelphia in 1842.


Range and Habitat

Philadelphia Vireo: Breeds in central and southern Canada from Alberta east to Quebec and in extreme northern states. Winters in the tropics from the Yucatan Peninsula south. Preferred habitats include open second-growth woodlands, old clearings, burned-over areas, and thickets along streams and lakes.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"cherrie-o-witt, cheree, sissy-a-witt,tee-o", "rreh"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Philadelphia Vireo is unlikely to visit Philadelphia, except during its migration.
  • They can coexist with Red-eyed vireos because they modify their behavior either to exclude the Red-eyed Vireo from its territory or to avoid it by foraging in areas seldom used by that species.
  • A group of vireos are collectively known as a "call" of vireos.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP

CERange Map for Philadelphia Vireo

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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UnderpartsX
Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.
Undertail covertsX
Small feathers that cover the areas where the retrices (tail feathers) attach to the rump.
UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
RiparianX
Relating to or living or located on the bank of a natural watercourse (as a river) or sometimes of a lake or a tidewater. 
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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